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Democracy Challenged (1968-1980)

What did Americans do during the big changes in the United States and around the world?

Topic 1: Equal Rights Amendment

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining support for and against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

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Topic 2: Public Opinion: America and The War in Vietnam

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to public opinion on the Vietnam War.

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Topic 3: President Nixon and Watergate

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the major political scandal known as Watergate.

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Topic 4: American Indian Movement: Native Americans Fight Back

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the civil rights work of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in late 1960 and early 1970.

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Topic 5: The Oil Crisis

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the reasons for the energy crisis and the impact of the oil ban in the 1970s.

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